The Language of Things has ratings and 59 reviews. Deyan Sudjic explains the subtleties of design in this clever and insightful essay using everyday. “How We Are Seduced by the Objects around Us,” declares the cover. To this end , Penguin commissioned a special design for this book from. We live in a world drowning in objects. But what do they tell us about ourselves? In The Language of Things, Deyan Sudjic charts our.

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Technological advance has changed all that, as whole categories of objects become irrelevant. Interesting to see their is tension between either being a designer, or an artist; but you cant be both. It expresses preference not, as Sudjic seems to be saying, practical usefulness.

The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects

This book is ostensibly about things – not any old sort but a particular kind: The one thing modernist design usually isn’t very good for is sitting. Your subscription to Read More was successful. We live in a world drowning in objects. A great deal more and the sheer volume of input is alarming results from “the shallow but sharp emotional tug that the manufacture of want exerts on us”.

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Norton Company first published October 2nd But obviously there is more to design than simply sales, snobbery and conspicuous consumption. Jan 17, Erika rated it it was ok Shelves: Now designers are at best merely surface decorators, appliers of Botox to manufactured objects. Sudjic seemed to be equating fashion with clothing, despite the common tendency to talk of fashions in many other sectors and categories of products. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip languaage navigation.


Love The Language Of Things? Towards the end of this impassioned and thought-provoking book, Sudjic suggests that “we might be on the verge of a revulsion against manufacturing desire”. With scintillating wit and an eye for the pleasures and dangers of rampant consumerism, Deyan Sudjic takes us from Sudjic has been director dsyan the Design Museum in London since There are also a couple of quotes or comments that are absolutely brilliant and incisive in their analysis.

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How did the design of a pistol influence a car? I sat on COID selection committees in the s and they were grave affairs in which the relative merits of British-made teapots and toasters were deliberated.

It makes a few interesting points – such as that the greater the utility of an object, the less its monetary value to the art world — and I’m grateful to it for introducing me to Gerrit Rietveld’s Red and Blue Chair, but I’ll remember little els Like Sudjic’s later book The Ediface Complex, The Language of Things reads like a series of musings on fairly loosely collected subjects.

Instead of just discussing the effect of modern art, he started listing artists and their work, without giving any images to back them up. But overall, it was a very interesting and rather quick read and I felt reassurred I share observations with such great expert in the field. Art and design books reviews.

Loewy’s streamlining turned functional cleaners, duplicating machines and pencil sharpeners into the original glossy fetish objects. Sudjic’s book is witty, well observed and wide-ranging.

Generally the author avoids that risk, though there are a few Private Eye moments. So what is ‘design’? We are training more designers than ever, and their energy and talent is obvious from their end-of-year degree shows.

You can understand it. Modern design as we know it started at the Bauhaus, the art and design school in Weimar established in the chaotic aftermath of the first world war. Oct 13, Brian Kovesci rated it really liked it Shelves: It makes a few interesting points – such as that the greater the utility of an object, the less its monetary value to the art world — and I’m grateful to it for introducing me to Gerrit Rietveld’s Red and Blue Chair, but I’ll remember little else besides that and languagee supposed fact that the Golf GTI radiator grille is modelled on the Walther PPK.


Sudjic’s book is about the stealth with which design obsolescence overtook us. Sudjic enables us to experience the “before” and “after” world, and see how the designer did more than make a beautiful object, but actually shaped the world we live in.

Monday 31 December I picked it up out of curiosity to see what a design expert has to say about the ever-futile convergence of art and design His notes about how Duchamp and Warhol both changed the limits between art and design were interesting, as well as the segment about how the “design is not art” or vice versa stigma is stamped into people lanvuage design schools as much as among artists. It is his analysis of desire that is most compelling. Where he started to loose me was when he tried to point out how undervalued design was deyaj to “high” art.

Ultimat We need more books like this which help to explain where in the creative world industrial design fits.